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Courtesy of Friends of the Earth
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FoE is examining business in its 10 Big Ideas to Change the World – part of the NGO's planning strategy, Routemap for a more sustainable future. Historians are invited to suggest research and readings that throw light on the following questions:

  • Is ‘short-termism' a new phenomenon?
  • Were companies ever more 'caring' about employees and the environment?
  • Has the culture of business changed significantly over time?
  • When have capital markets had the most positive influence on society at large?

Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research at FoE, says: 'We want to get a sense of how business has changed over time for better and worse, and what created the change.'

Please send your suggestions of relevant research and readings (publicly accessible) to by the end of July 2014. 

The above is part of the wider FoE-H&P collaboration to understand how and why change has happened in the past – the conditions and catalysts of transformations, whether in behaviour, policies or norms. Engaging with historians helps FoE chart its campaign strategy for the next 10-20 years. Following a successful workshop with H&P historians, H&P and FoE are co-organising a conference in Spring 2015 at King's College London. More details will be available here in the coming months.

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